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The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands : containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants : particularly, the forest-trees, shrubs, and other plants, not hitherto described, or very incorrectly figured by authors : together with their descriptions in English and French : to which, are added observations on the air, soil, and waters : with remarks upon agriculture, grain, pulse, roots, &c. : to the whole, is prefixed a new and correct map of the countries treated of


Published 1729
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statement of responsibility: by Mark Catesby = Histoire naturelle de la Caroline, la Floride, & les Isles Bahama : contenant les desseins des oiseaux, animaux, poissons, serpents, insectes, & plantes, et en particulier, des arbres des forets, arbrisseaux, & autres plantes, qui n'ont point été decrits, jusques à present par les auteurs, ou peu exactement dessinés : avec leur descriptions en françois & en anglois : à quoi on a adjouté, des observations sur l'air, le sol, & les eaux, avec des remarques sur l'agriculture, les grains, les legumes, les racines, &c. : le tout est precedé d'une carte nouvelle & exacte des païs dont il s'agist / par Marc Catesby.

Pagination: v. 1: i-iv, [2], v-xii, xliv, 100 p., [2], 100 leaves of plates (the map is printed on folded double leaves, tipped in on a stub); v. 2: 100 p., [100] leaves of plates; appendix (bound at end of v. 2): 20 p., 20 plates; [8] p. (=indexes).

Work originally issued in 11 parts, each including 20 plates (v. 1 issued in parts 1-5, between 1729-1732; v. 2 issued in parts 6-10, between 1734-1743; and the Appendix, issued in 1747). The t.p. for v. 1 is dated 1731, and the t.p. for v. 2 is dated 1743. Catesby is on record as having presented the completed Appendix to the Royal Society on 2 July 1747 (Royal Society journal book, v. 20, p. 307).

The first edition exists in several different typesettings, since some sections were reset and printed for additional subscribers, and minor typographical errors were corrected. The typesetting of the last line of French text on p. 9 is diagnostic for identifying the version of an individual copy (possible endings include: "ver."; "l'hiver."; or "d'un grand usage.").

The word "prefixed" in the subtitle of v. 1 was originally printed as "perfixed," with the corrected spelling of the first three letters appearing on a printed label mounted on the t.p.

Volume 1 is dedicated to Queen Caroline; v. 2 is dedicated to the Princess of Wales, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.

The title pages are printed in red and black.

Head- and tail-pieces; initials.

The first twenty pages of descriptive text in v. 2 are misnumbered as 121-140. In most copies, these erroneous page numbers were corrected at the time of publication with lead white paint (usually now oxidized to a silvery gray or reddish stain); the number for p. 20 has also been corrected in handwritten ink.

"A list of the encouragers [i.e subscribers] of this work"--Leaf inserted in v. 1, between pages iv and v.

"An account of Carolina and the Bahama Islands. Relation de la Caroline, et des Isles de Bahama": t. 1, p. i-xliv.

The indexes (on 7 unnumbered pages, with verso of the final p. blank) are generally bound in v. 2 following the Appendix.

citation/reference: Nissen, C. Zoologische Buchillustration, Bd. 1, no. 842

citation/reference: ESTC (online) T147031

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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Text in English and French in parallel columns.

The important ornithological library formed by the late Dr. Evan Morton Evans [for sale no. 1631, on 6-7 December 1955] (New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1955), item no. 154.

Pagination: v. 1: i-iv, [2], v-xii, xliv, 100 p., [2], 100 leaves of plates (the map is printed on folded double leaves, tipped in on a stub); v. 2: 100 p., [100] leaves of plates; appendix (bound at end of v. 2): 20 p., 20 plates; [8] p. (=indexes)

Work originally issued in 11 parts, each including 20 plates (v. 1 issued in parts 1-5, between 1729-1732; v. 2 issued in parts 6-10, between 1734-1743; and the Appendix, issued in 1747). The t.p. for v. 1 is dated 1731, and the t.p. for v. 2 is dated 1743. Catesby is on record as having presented the completed Appendix to the Royal Society on 2 July 1747 (Royal Society journal book, v. 20, p. 307)

The first edition exists in several different typesettings, since some sections were reset and printed for additional subscribers, and minor typographical errors were corrected. The typesetting of the last line of French text on p. 9 is diagnostic for identifying the version of an individual copy (possible endings include: "ver."; "l'hiver."; or "d'un grand usage.")

The word "prefixed" in the subtitle of v. 1 was originally printed as "perfixed," with the corrected spelling of the first three letters appearing on a printed label mounted on the t.p

Volume 1 is dedicated to Queen Caroline; v. 2 is dedicated to the Princess of Wales, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

The title pages are printed in red and black

Head- and tail-pieces; initials

The first twenty pages of descriptive text in v. 2 are misnumbered as 121-140. In most copies, these erroneous page numbers were corrected at the time of publication with lead white paint (usually now oxidized to a silvery gray or reddish stain); the number for p. 20 has also been corrected in handwritten ink

"A list of the encouragers [i.e subscribers] of this work"--Leaf inserted in v. 1, between pages iv and v

"An account of Carolina and the Bahama Islands. Relation de la Caroline, et des Isles de Bahama": t. 1, p. i-xliv

The indexes (on 7 unnumbered pages, with verso of the final p. blank) are generally bound in v. 2 following the Appendix

Includes bibliographical references and indexes

Nissen, C. Zoologische Buchillustration

ESTC (online)

The important ornithological library formed by the late Dr. Evan Morton Evans [for sale no. 1631, on 6-7 December 1955] (New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1955), item no. 154

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SCNHRB has two copies

SCNHRB c. 1 (v. 1, 39088016711673; v. 2, 39088016711715) has armorial bookplate: Sir John Abdy, Bart. of Albyns in Essex. The arms of Cromwell Mortimer, secretary of the Royal Society and an original subscriber, are stamped in gold on the covers (the arms were identified by Philip Oldfield of the University of Toronto). There is an old shelfmark from an unidentified collection handwritten in ink on the front free endpaper: 1 N. 29

SCNHRB c. 1 of v. 1 has a leaf inserted following the dedication, with mounted ephemera related to the publication. On the recto side is the printed prospectus ("Proposals, for printing an essay towards a natural history of Florida, Carolina and the Bahama Islands ..."); and on the verso side there are two items: 1. a printed "Advertisement" ("The part now publish'd ... concludes 200 plates ..."); 2. a printed "Note" concerning binding the edition ("There being a frontice-piece, preface, and maps of the country's, to be added at the conclusion of the work. It is desired, not to bind up any of the sets, 'till the whole are finished"). A fronticepiece was never actually issued for the edition, although some copies have had a plate moved from the standard sequence to serve as a fronticepiece

SCNHRB c. 1 is believed to have been donated to the Smithsonian by Marcia Brady Tucker, although the copy lacks the usual provenance markings from her private library. A copy of Catesby's Natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands appears on a list of items donated by Mrs. Carl Tucker to the Smithsonian Institution Libraries

SCNHRB c. 1 of v. 1 has some contemporary corrections, including handwritten annotations on p. 54, 90, and 91; and two printed correction slips pasted on p. 37, apparently as issued, changing the botanical headings in the description of the plates

SCNHRB c. 1 of v. 1 has contemporary hand-coloring on the headpiece of p. i of the Account of Carolina and the Bahama Islands

SCNHRB c. 1 has a contemporary gilt- and blind-tooled full leather binding with raised bands, marbled endpapers, and all edges gilt; re-backed. Both volumes are housed in later brown cloth-covered boxes with gilt-tooled black leather spine labels, and snap closures at the fore-edges. The box for v. 1 is signed: Bound by James MacDonald Co., New York City

SCNHRB c. 2 has v. 1, only (39088016711798)

SCNHRB c. 2 of v. 1 is imperfect: the list of subscribers, the map, and "An account of Carolina, and the Bahama Islands" (p.i-xliv, signatures A-L²) are wanting

SCNHRB c. 2 of v. 1 has the autograph of former owners on the title page: Jas. Tomlyn; J.H. Riley, Falls Church, Va. With stamp on verso of t.p.: Smithsonian Institution National Museum, Aug. 16, 1935; accession no.: 299283

SCNHRB c. 2 of v. 1 has plate 25 bound in at the front of the volume as a frontispiece

SCNHRB c. 2 of v. 1 has a modern brown artificial leather library binding with blind-ruled covers, raised bands, and gilt-tooled spine


Volume V2 C1
Publisher London : Printed at the expence of the author, and sold by W. Innys and R. Manby, at the West End of St. Paul's, by Mr. Hauksbee, at the Royal Society House, and by the author, at Mr. Bacon's in Hoxton
Year 1729
Pages 384
Possible copyright status NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Language English; French
Call number 39088016711715
Digitizing sponsor Smithsonian Libraries
Book contributor Smithsonian Libraries
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